June 16, 2022 - 4 min read
So you’ve made the leap and moved into your own place. Congrats! Whether you’re settling into a rental, share house or newly purchased digs, chances are there’ll be bills to pay and work to be done. Time to designate a room – or quiet corner – as your new home office, and kit it out with the essential tech to fuel your productivity and keep you adulting like a pro. Here’s what you’ll need.
Carving out the perfect space for your home office means considering everything you’ll need for your work day. Spoiled for space? Go ahead and designate a whole room! If not, simply find a quiet, cosy corner with the following:
Laptop or desktop? It’s up to you! If you work between home and the office, a lightweight, portable laptop is a reliable option. The latest models come packed with useful features like LEDs for minimising eye strain (great for when you’re putting in overtime or pulling an all-nighter before exams). But, if work or study involves complex software, a desktop computer with more RAM and storage might be your best bet.
This slim, all-in-one PC has a huge 1TB hard drive. That’s ample space to store work files, programs and multimedia.
Work (or play!) no matter where the day takes you with a whopping 19-hour battery life and Bluetooth connectivity.
You’ll be staring at it for a good chunk of your day, so choosing the right monitor (or second screen to dock with your laptop) is vital for ergonomics and workflow. “With home monitors, it’s all about size, and bigger isn’t always better. A 24-inch monitor is ideal for a small, narrow desk in a cosy, working corner. If you’ve got room to play with, go all out with a huge 49-inch monitor instead of a double or triple screen setup,” says Jason Tavoletti, The Good Guys Buyer – Tech.
Banish eye strain with the low blue-light technology of this monitor, perfect for compact home offices or a second screen.
This curved beauty with 4K display fits more of your documents and web pages on-screen for less scrolling, multiple window comfort and next-level visual detail.
Type, point, click… you know the deal, and you’ll need a keyboard and mouse to get it all done. Sure, a laptop has a touchpad and keyboard, but upgrading to standalone options (or wireless ones) can boost ergonomics, help you type faster and more accurately, and jazz up your desk layout. If your work involves numbers, a keyboard with a number pad is a game changer!
A practical, portable, wireless set-up with 24 months of keyboard battery life and 12 months of mouse power. Batteries included!
The aesthete’s choice, this slick and flexible trackpad scrolls vertically or horizontally with the swipe of your finger – when you’re done, just power it down by snapping it flat.
Hard copies of assignments, scanned documents for emailing, PDFs requiring signatures… having a home printer for all that is undeniably handy. Entry-level laser printers are affordable and compact, especially if you only need black and white ink. But, if you print regularly – and in colour – invest in an inkjet printer with a continuous ink supply system (CISS). This means less frequent cartridge changes – a win for the planet and your back pocket.
A printer, scanner and copier with Wi-Fi, meaning you can free up space on your desk by setting it up in another room.
For clear, crisp financials and documents, plus signature-ready copies in a flash. Protect the earth and your bank balance with double-sided printing.
Now that you’ve nailed the essentials, look to these lifestyle extras to add extra pep to your workdays: